Wednesday 9 September 1668

Up, and to the office, and thence to the Duke of Richmond’s lodgings by his desire, by letter, yesterday. I find him at his lodgings in the little building in the bowling-green, at White Hall, that was begun to be built by Captain Rolt. They are fine rooms. I did hope to see his lady, the beautiful Mrs. Stuart, but she, I hear, is in the country. His business was about his yacht, and he seems a mighty good- natured man, and did presently write me a warrant for a doe from Cobham, when the season comes, bucks season being past. I shall make much of this acquaintance, that I may live to see his lady near. Thence to Westminster, to Sir R. Longs Office: and, going, met Mr. George Montagu, who talked and complimented me mightily; and long discourse I had with him, who, for news, tells me for certain that Trevor do come to be Secretary at Michaelmas, and that Morrice goes out, and he believes, without any compensation. He tells me that now Buckingham does rule all; and the other day, in the King’s journey he is now on, at Bagshot, and that way, he caused Prince Rupert’s horses to be turned out of an inne, and caused his own to be kept there, which the Prince complained of to the King, and the Duke of York seconded the complaint; but the King did over-rule it for Buckingham, by which there are high displeasures among them; and Buckingham and Arlington rule all. Thence by water home and to dinner, and after dinner by water again to White Hall, where Brouncker, W. Pen, and I attended the Commissioners of the Treasury about the victualling-contract, where high words between Sir Thomas Clifford and us, and myself more particularly, who told him that something, that he said was told him about this business, was a flat untruth. However, we went on to our business in, the examination of the draught, and so parted, and I vexed at what happened, and Brouncker and W. Pen and I home in a hackney coach. And I all that night so vexed that I did not sleep almost all night, which shows how unfit I am for trouble. So, after a little supper, vexed, and spending a little time melancholy in making a base to the Lark’s song, I to bed.

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Paul Chapin  •  Link

"how unfit I am for trouble"
This surprises me. Sam reports arguments with colleagues and others all the time, and doesn't seem to lose any sleep over them. Wonder why this spat with Clifford affected him so strongly.

Mary  •  Link

We have also seen several recent instances of Pepys seriously contemplating retirement from official service and retreat to the country. This may be just another one of those moments in which he shows us himself making mental preparations for such a move.

(But not, perhaps, before he has had a chance to see La Belle Stuart at closer quarters.)

Terry Foreman  •  Link


Where might be the prospect for a passel of venison pasties for the Pepys's?!


Phil Gyford  •  Link

Thanks Mary - I've fixed the 'Cobham' link.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Thomas Clifford died by his own hand (perhaps "strangled with his cravatt upon the bed-tester") a few months after his retirement.,_1s…

The dramatic description of how he died is Evelyn's report:…

A tester is a canopy, and tester beds, or 'testers' A are popularly known as four-posters. despite having only two free-standing posts, the head posts being the headboard uprights. A development of earlier couch and wainscot beds, and of medieval half-testers, these were the most impressive beds of the 16th and 17thC, challenged only by 'French beds' (fashionable about I 650.1700) which were completely covered in rich upholstery (and hardly any of which have survived).…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"the other day, in the King’s journey"

L&M explain: The King, the Duke of York, Rupert and others of the court had been away since Septermber 3 hunting in Windsor Forest and the New Gorest. They returned on the 10th. London Gazette, 7 September....

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"we went on to our business in, the examination of the draught, and so parted, and I vexed at what happened"

L&M report this from the Treasury minute: 'My Lords [of the Treasury] say to the Commissioners [of the Navy] that they did not give notice to the proposers [the contractors about to make tenders]. Mr. Pepys says that they [the proposers] desires themselves that the matters should be drawn up by the Navy Commissioners. Mr. Child says that the matters are drawn up worse than before [i.e. worse tha in the first draft of the contract] and wholly impracticable. The victualing debate adjourned until tomorrow.' CTB, ii.435.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Mr. George Montagu...tells me for certain that Trevor do come to be Secretary at Michaelmas, and that Morrice goes out, and he believes, without any compensation."

Not quite, L&M say: John Trevor, appointed on 22 September, did in fact pay £8000 to Motice for the office: CSPD 1667-8, p. 595; Bulstrode Papers, i.61.

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